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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 9 at CIN)

Marlins pitchers have gone 11 consecutive games without allowing a home run, and tonight have a chance to equal the club record of 12 straight homerless games, set between July 24 and August 4, 2013.

The last opponent to homer against Miami was Jon Singleton of the Astros, who hit a 9th-inning blast off Steve Cishek July 27 at Minute Maid Park.

The Miami streak is the longest in the majors this season, surpassing a 9-gamer by the Padres June 18-27.

Overall this season, Marlins pitchers have surrendered only 83 home runs in 115 games. That’s the 5th-fewest in all of Baseball.

The only clubs whose staffs have been stingier: the Nationals (75), Cardinals (77), Cubs (78) and Padres (81). At the other end of the spectrum are the Rockies, who’ve allowed a major league-high 133 home runs this season.

At their current rate, the Marlins would allow only 117 home runs this season, challenging the club’s single season low of 113, which has stood since 1996.

While the Miami staff hasn’t allowed a homer in the last 13 days, Washington’s Stephen Strasburg served up 4 last night in Atlanta, making him one of 13 pitchers to give up 4 homers in a game this season. No Marlins pitcher has allowed more than 2 in any game in 2014.

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The Marlins continue their 3-game series in Cincinnati at 7:10 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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STAT OF THE DAY (MAY 26 at WAS)

One of the keys to the Marlins’ offensive success this season has been Mike Redmond’s ability to run more or less the same lineup out on a nightly basis because players are 1) healthy and 2) performing.

Through 51 games, the Marlins have employed only 2 starters at 7 of the 8 defensive positions, all but second base.

C (2 starters)—Saltalamacchia (39 starts), Mathis (12)

1B (2)—Jones (46), Baker (5)

2B (4)—Dietrich (32), Baker (10), Lucas (5), Solano (4)

SS (2)—Hechavarria (50), Lucas (1)

3B (2)—McGehee (50), Lucas (1)

LF (2)—Yelich (41), Johnson (10)

CF (2)—Ozuna (45), Yelich (6)

RF (2)—Stanton (50), Lucas (1)

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The Marlins today play a 1:35 Memorial Day matinee in Washington, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 1:05 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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STAT OF THE DAY (4/14 VS. WAS)

For the Marlins to begin a climb in the National League East standings after 3 consecutive last-place finishes, they’re going to have to fare better in their head-to-head match-ups against division rivals.

Six games into a stretch in which they play 18 of 21 games within the division, the Marlins are 0-6 against NL East opponents this season.

Since the start of last season, Miami is 29-53 within the division, having gone 6-13 against the Braves, 5-17 against the Nationals, 7-15 against the Phillies and 11-8 against the Mets.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Marlins are 14-26 over the last 3 seasons against the Nationals after going 50-21 against Washington in the previous 4 years. The Marlins are 23-50 against the Braves since the start of 2010, and Miami’s 26-50 against Philadelphia beginning in 2010.

The one division rival against which the Marlins have fared well is the Mets. Miami was 11-8 vs. New York in 2013 and is 3-1-1 in the last 5 season series against the Mets.

After losing 3 straight in Washington last week, the Marlins get another shot at the Nationals in a 3-game series that opens up at Marlins Park at 7:10 tonight. Join us for all the action beginning with Marlins On Deck at 6:40 on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located here: http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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PRE-GAME PREP

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A few notes to get you ready for this afternoon’s series finale in Washington, a radio exclusive on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network at 4:05:

This afternoon’s Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg makes his 15th career appearance vs. Miami today. Over his first 7 starts against the Marlins, the righthander was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA. In his last 7, the Nats staff ace is 2-2 with a 6.97 ERA.

He’s been feast or famine vs. the Marlins over the years, allowing no runs in 7 of his 14 starts against Miami and only one in an 8th but allowing 5 runs or more in 5 innings or less in 4 other starts against the Marlins.

He’s allowed a career-high 7 runs in a start twice, both times against the Marlins. Strasburg gave up 9 hits in a 2012 start against Miami, matching his career-worst. His 2-inning outing vs. Miami last July 13 at Marlins Park was the shortest non-injury start of his career.

And here are your latest “that was then, this is now” Marlins offensive numbers through the season’s first 9 games:

2013: .217 AVG, .287 OBP, .283 SLG, 16 R, 15 extra-base hits, 2 HR

2014: .287 AVG, .352 OBP, .430 SLG, 49 R, 30 extra-base hits, 5 HR

The Marlins have scored 49 runs through 9 games, 3rd-most in the National League and 4th-most in all of baseball. A season ago, Miami didn’t score its 49th run until its 21st game.

Off to the ballpark. One more here, then we roll on to Philadelphia. Jose vs. A.J. Burnett tomorrow night. For more on Jose, check out my previous Fish Tales post “A Pair of Aces.”

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A PAIR OF ACES

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Stephen Strasburg, who the Marlins will face in Washington tomorrow night, was touted as a once-in-a-generation pitching prospect when he was drafted first overall by the Nationals out of San Diego State University in 2009. And despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, he’s off to a terrific start to his major league career.

In parts of 5 major league seasons, Strasburg is 29-20 with a 3.04 ERA in 77 starts, and he was an All-Star in 2012.

Two years after Strasburg was drafted and began his professional journey, the Marlins made 18-year-old high school senior Jose Fernandez their top pick, 14th overall in 2011. While Fernandez didn’t enter the draft with nearly as much hype, his big league performance to this point has been historic.

In his debut season, pitching most of the year at age 20 and never having previously appeared above Single-A, Fernandez was chosen the National League’s Rookie of the Year, finished 3rd in Cy Young voting, and was selected to his first All-Star team.

30 starts into his big league career, Fernandez’s immediate impact at the big league level at age 20 and 21 has been historic. Not since Dwight Gooden burst onto the scene with the Mets at age 19 in 1984—30 years ago—has a pitcher so young been so dominant. In some categories, no rookie in history can match what Fernandez did during his remarkable 2013 debut season.

With Fernandez and Strasburg missing each other by one day in this week’s Marlins-Nationals series, here’s a look at how the 2 staff aces compare through their first 30 big league starts.

Note that Strasburg was still in college when he was the same age Jose was at the time of his major league debut. Strasburg was almost 24 when he made his 30th big league start. Jose made his 30th start almost 4 months shy of his 22nd birthday.

Through 30 major league starts:

STRASBURG: 14-5, 2.50 ERA, 169.0 IP, 131 H, 54 R, 47 ER, 39 BB, 216 K, 7.0 H/9 IP,

2.1 BB/9 IP, 11.5 K/9 IP, 1.006 WHIP

FERNANDEZ: 14-6, 2.09 ERA, 185.1 IP, 119 H, 48 R, 43 ER, 60 BB, 204 K, 5.8 H/9 IP,

2.9 BB/9 IP, 9.9 K/9 IP, 0.966 WHIP

Jose has a clear edge in ERA, and has given up significantly fewer hits and runs despite throwing more innings. Strasburg holds edges in having walked fewer and struck out more. Jose has a slightly better overall WHIP (walks + hits divided by innings pitched).

“I would buy a ticket to watch this kid pitch. He’s so competitive. He’s a throwback player. He’s like a guy who played in the 40’s and 50’s and 60’s when you watch him, the way he competes, the way he loves to compete. It’s a good feeling to know every 5th night when he runs out there you have a very good chance to win the ballgame.”

Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings

Just how good a chance do the Marlins have every 5th day? The Marlins are 20-10 in his career starts with wins in 16 of the last 20. Since the start of 2013, Miami has a .667 winning percentage in games he’s started. In games Jose doesn’t start, the Marlins are 47-93, a .336 winning percentage.

MORE ON JOSE

Jose, whose next home start ought to come next Wednesday night against the Nationals, is 11-0 with a 1.14 ERA (14/110.2 IP) in 17 career starts at Marlins Park, including his 2 wins on the season-opening homestand.

The righthander has allowed 3 runs or less in 27 of 30 big league starts, 2 or less in 24, one or less in 16 and no runs in 9 of his starts.

He has never allowed more than 8 hits in a start and has allowed 5 or fewer in 26 of his 30 starts, including each of his last 17 and 22 of his last 23. According to research I did using Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index, going back to 1914, only one pitcher has gone more than 17 consecutive starts allowing 5 hits or fewer. It’s actually an active 20-game streak by Tony Cingrani of the Reds.

Jose has allowed 2 runs or fewer in each of his last 13 starts, a streak that began July 13, 2013, in his first start after last year’s All-Star break. That matches Josh Johnson’s Marlins club record set from May 13-July 22, 2010. According to additional Play Index research, only 6 major league starters have had longer such streaks since 1914.

Ferdie Schupp went 16 in a row for the New York Giants in 1916-17. Mat Latos went 15 in a row for the Padres in 2010. Al Benton went 15 in a row for the Tigers in 1945. Mike Scott went 14 in a row for the Astros in 1986. Greg Maddux went 14 straight for the Braves in 1993-94. And Zack Greinke has an active run of 14 in a row for the Dodgers dating to July 30 of last season.

Finally, as Jose gets set to face the Phillies for the first time in 2014 on Friday night, current Phillies position players are a combined 2-for-41 (.049) with 14 strikeouts and no extra-base hits against him. In 3 starts against the Phils as a rookie, Jose was 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA. In 18 innings, he allowed one run on 8 hits with 4 walks and 16 strikeouts.

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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